Lady Outlaw by Stacy Henrie

Lady Outlaw by Stacy Henrie (Harlequin)

  • Title: Lady Outlaw
  • Author: Stacy Henrie
  • Series/Category: Love Inspired Historical
  • Genre(s): Historical (Western), Inspirational
  • Publisher: Harlequin, September 2012
  • Source: Amazon ($3.82 ebook)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • Trope(s): Cowgirl in Peril, Beta Hero with Tragic Past, Evil Banker, Bad Guys in Salooons
  • Quick blurb: Desperate rancheress rethinks her dangerous ways of acquiring money when she hires an ex-bounty hunter with a tragic past as her new cowhand.
  • Quick review: Good — but recommended only for dedicated inspie readers.
  • Grade: B-

“Is that what this is about? Making sacrifices?” He leaned forward. “A sacrifice is only worth something if it’s right. Sacrificing your integrity, your happiness, your freedom — that won’t bring you anything but misery. I know, because I tried.”

A strong-but-vulnerable heroine, an honorable beta hero with a believable tragic past, and a great set-up for the spot-on faith messages. But compared to my last read, Henrie’s storytelling and voice sagged. This was her debut novel, and I’d be willing to try her second.

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3 thoughts on “Lady Outlaw by Stacy Henrie

  1. DesLivres says:

    I was wondering what you meant by “recommended for dedicated inspie readers” – is that because spirituality plays a strong role in the book? Then the question is what sort of spirituality? I like, for instance, carla kelly type meditations on how to live a good adult life with divine presence, as opposed to rah rah Christian/God as Secret Best Friend to whom I abdicate all agency type books.

  2. Kelly says:

    It’s overtly spritual without being preachy in the slightest – but the story itself is pretty simplistic and earnest. It just doesn’t have that subtlety and voice of really good storytelling that make it stand out as something new or different. Kinda like the Presents or Desire lines that appeal to a very particular audience – does that make sense?

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